Saturday, October 22, 2016

Our Top 6 Bestselling 1911 Grips of All Time

So, you wanted to update the looks of your 1911 but found out that there were so many grip designs out there, right? Well, let's narrow them down for you, shall we. Here are our top-selling grips of all time on Amazon.

The 1911 Gator Grips

The Gator Grips design started out as real gator leather grips in our early years. They were a bit expensive but there was a big demand for a more affordable version of the grip design. So, we remade them in ultra-strong polymer! These can stand a beating & are durable enough for everyday carry. They are available in different colors (made to order) like grey, OD, coyote & even pink!

The 1911 Silver Dragon Grips

This grip design has garnered a lot of positive feedback on our amazon store. The design is inspired by Asian tattoo art found throughout the centuries made famous by the likes of Bruce Lee. This particular set is for a compact 1911. Make sure that it's for the right model 1911 when you order.

The 1911 Black Punisher on Ivory Grips

This design is one of the our crowd favorites featuring the logo made famous by the American sniper & war hero, Chris Kyle, who was a member of SEAL Team 3. He became known as "The Legend" among the general infantry and Marines he was tasked to protect. Again, this particular set is for a compact 1911. Make sure that it's for the right model 1911 when you order.

The 1911 OD Punisher Grips

A variation of the punisher grips, this design has attracted such a following in the military. Inspired by "the Legend" and of course the fictional vigilante of the comics, this symbol has transformed into an icon of our fighting men & women in the front lines.

The Classic Black & White 1911 Punisher Grips

Our classic punisher grips with the gritty finish has gotten over a hundred reviews on amazon, mostly 5 stars. It is one of our bestselling products and most famous among 1911 aficionados. The symbol is an icon of the fight against terror, this is a must-have for 1911 grip collectors.

The 1911 Dragon Scale Grips

Our infamous Dragon Scale Grips is our top selling design with over a hundred reviews on amazon. The design has been copied so many times, but no one can duplicate it's unique design & features. The DS grips come in multiple colors, like grey, OD, coyote, pink, zombie green & our famous blood red set. They are now available for the Sig P238 as well. Look for them on amazon!

We give discounts to our men & women in public service. If you are an active or retired soldier, police/LE or firefighter/EMT... or even a public school teacher, just send us a message after you made your order. This is our way of thanking you for your service!

Our Other Top Picks...

#7 - 1911 Stealth Punisher Grips
#8 - 1911 Red Dragon Grips
#9 - 1911 Infidel Grips
#10 - 1911 Black Dragon Grips

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1911 Grip Sizes & Options: What you should know before buying... (an UPDATE)

(Note from the author: I wrote this article 7 years ago and decided that I needed to update it a bit.)

Replacing the stock grips on your favorite 1911 is one of the fastest & most affordable ways to upgrade the look & feel of your firearm. This can be done for as cheap as 2 or 3 boxes of ammo. There are so many choices of grips in the market today... exotic hardwoods with old-school checkering, wicked flames or skull designs... high-strength polymers with wild inlays & medallions... there are grips made of the latest high-tech materials like aluminum alloys, G-10 & micarta... and goin' nature-trippin', there are rattlesnake, alligator, stingray & other types of skins & hides that are now available... and don't forget ivory (legal), antlers & bone... whew! So many grips... So little time...

A lot of 1911 owners have multiple number of grips to suit their different moods. Some like the subdued look on their everyday carry, but on special occasions, they bust out their most outrageous, flashy grips. I have this regular customer from Hamburg, Germany who only has 2 or 3 1911s but has something like 20+ grips!

But before you start your own collection of grips, you must first determine your grip size and options for better fit. In this posting, I will attempt to briefly summarize what you will need to know before you purchase your dream set that you were drooling over these past few days (or weeks)...

Before we begin, here is a summary of the basic information that you will need:
1. Grip Size: Full-sized frame (includes the Combat Commander), Officer's Model, or
2. Options: Standard (no additional cuts), Ambi-cuts, Taurus-cuts, cuts for Extended slide stop &/or Extended safety lock?
1. Grip Size.
Size does matter! There are 3 basic grip sizes for the commercially available 1911. All of these are determined by the frame size of your handgun (and not the barrel length or slide size as some people think).
Grips for the Full-Size Frame: Government/Combat Commander/Pro Carry. This is the frame size of your original government issue-sized pistol with barrel lengths of 5" or more. Most of the ones in the market fall under this category. If your 1911 is not a "compact" gun, chances are, your handgun has a full-sized frame. The "combat commander" was first introduced by Colt as a compact variant of the "government" design. Like it's big brother, it's frame is actually full-sized too. The only major difference is that the barrel size (& slide) is shorter at 4.25". To quickly check if your firearm has a full-sized frame, the distance between the grip holes should be slightly MORE than 3" from center to center.
Grips for the Compact: Officers Model/Defender/Ultra Carry. After the introduction of the "commander", there was still a need for even smaller models for concealed carry. So Colt introduced a 3.50" barrel variant called the "officer's model". To make this gun work, they modified the frame. Grips for this model are slightly smaller & would not fit the full-sized 1911s. The Colt Defender & the Kimber Ultra Carry's grips are similar to this model. To quickly check if your compact firearm is similar to an officer's model, the distance between the grip holes are slightly LESS than 3" from center to center.

Others. Of course, everybody wants an even smaller gun, right? So they did it again. The Sub-Compact was introduced as a backup to the backup gun... The frame is now even more smaller, and so are the grips. Other variants of the 1911 like the classic Llama, the double-stacked Para Ordinance Hi-caps, the itsy-bitsy SIG P238 (Is this still a 1911?), and my all-time favorite, the hard-hitting .50 cal Grizzly LAR have very different 1911 frame configurations. Of course, these
variants have different types of grips as well. Take note that aftermarket grips for these are hard to find, so don't be discouraged. I do have grips for the P238, but in VERY limited quantity.
2. Options.
This section deals with the optional cuts needed on the grips for proper fit.
Standard/No Cuts. Yup, no cuts needed. The firearm does NOT have the following: ambi-safety, extended slide stop, or extended safety lock.
Ambi-cuts. The grips will need special cuts for the Ambidextrous Safety. They involve the trimming of the top of the right panel & I notch just behind the top screw.
Special Cuts for the Extended Safety Lock, &/or Extended Slide Stop. Check if your 1911 has these aftermarket parts. The grips may need to be trimmed down for these as well.

Special Taurus-cuts. The Taurus PT1911 is a special one because all the extended options mentioned above are found as standard on this gun. This & the fact that it's affordable make it quite popular to a lot of first-time 1911 owners.

Beveled or Magwell/Square Bottom? Finally, does your firearm have a magwell? Then you need flat or square bottoms. The standard grips have beveled bottoms.
The Bobtail. These guns popularized by Dan Wesson are pretty cool & functional. The bobtail gives the handgun a smaller footprint when carried with a cant & minimizes contact with the body while in the holster, so they say. Obviously, the grips of bobtails need to be trimmed. They actually have the same dimensions except for the diagonal (or round) cut at the bottom corner.
So you want new grips to spice up your 1911 handgun, huh? Take note of the grip size & the options and you will have a smooth & easy time with your friendly neighborhood grip maker!!!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

The Hundred (Plus) Year Old Design of the 1911 Handgun

There are hundreds of gun designs over the years, but for some reason it’s the 1911 pistol that always manages to stand out. Why is this model so iconic? This pistol, created by John Moses Browning, was created as a versatile piece of hardware designed to bring stopping power & accuracy to the battlefield.

The history of this model started 20 years before the year 1911. Around 1898 when the US went to war with Spain and they had to deal with the Moro tribesmen in the Philippines. That’s the time when .38 caliber revolvers like the Colt model 1873 were called back into regular service. However, the field tests showed that the .38 caliber was no match for these warriors so a larger caliber was needed. This is when the military opted for the bigger .45 caliber.

Since then, the 1911 has multiple design changes and Browning actually approached Colt in 1906 with a few ideas for the .45 caliber model. After a few years and hundreds of tests, the Browning-created model ended up being launched as the Model 1911 or the M1911. It was 2 years afterwards that the marine corps and the navy adopted this model. The 1911 continued to be used from 1911 and up until 1985. The M1911 and the updated M1911A1 were used during WWI, WWII, Vietnam war as well as the Korean war. Since 1985 though, more and more companies have started manufacturing 1911 pistols and they continue to be some of the most sought after models.

Why is the design so special and what makes this model so attractive to the military, police & sportsman alike? The reason is actually very simple. Not only is this model very versatile, it’s also a pleasure to use and it’s very easy to optimize for any type of task. Plus, the way the 1911 was designed is simply perfect. The ergonomics of this “old” design is still better than more modern handguns. It’s narrow & has the perfect grip angle that most newer pistols copy. These are a few of the reasons why the 1911 is still a collector’s item to begin with, because aside from looking great, it’s a fully functional hardware that gets the job done.

The fact that a 1911 has a very smooth, single action trigger as well as a heavy frame does make it very accurate. Plus, you don’t need a lot of practice in order to use it properly. And since there are multiple sizes like the 5-inch barrel Government Model or the Defender that has a 3-inch barrel, you do have plenty of choices and it’s all up to you to pick the best one that suits your needs.

Overall, the 1911 has continually managed to stand out as the perfect handgun for a wide variety of situations. With its unique design, great accuracy and recent affordable pricing, the 1911 continues to be one of the best guns on the market. So, consider giving it a try as it’s well worth your time! Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to upgrade your grips with CKGs!

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